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Papers of SIR JOHN LENNARD-JONES, K.B.E., F.R.S. (1894 - 1954)


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Reference CSAC.2.73
Covering dates 1906 - 1954
Held by Churchill Archives Centre
Conditions of access CSAC.2.73/V/86-89 may be consulted only with the written permission of Dr. John Lennard-Jones (son), 9, Well Road, London NW3, or of Mrs. R.Howard (daughter), Christ Church Vicarage, Reservoir Road, Prenton, nr. Birkenhead, during their lifetimes, and thereafter without restriction.
Source of acquisition Deposited in 1973
Creators Jones, Sir, John Lennard-, 1901-1973, scientist; Lennard-Jones, Sir, John, 1901-1973, scientist
Arrangement Contents
I. Biographical: 1 - 13
II. Scientific and Personal Correspondence 14 - 21
III. Personal Journals 22 - 29
IV. Lectures, Sermons and Addresses 30 - 85
V. Private Correspondence 86 - 89
VI. Index of Principal Correspondents
Related information A bound complete collection of Sir John's work is in the University Library, Keele.
A collection of lecture notes taken 1928 - 32 deposited by Professor C.A. Coulson in Cambridge University Library (Shelfmark: Add. 7807) includes careful notes of lectures given in Cambridge by Lennard-Jones.
Professor Coulson wrote (14 November 1973) "I suspect that these are the first lectures on theoretical chemistry (or perhaps more accurately quantum chemistry) that had been given in Britain."
Note Listed by: Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel

Administrative history:
Summary of the career of Sir John Lennard-Jones.
b. 1894.
1912 - 15 Manchester University.
1914 B.Sc. Manchester.
1915 M.Sc. Manchester.
1915 - 19 Pilot R.F.C. Research in Aerodynamics with Boulton and Paul, and at National Physical Laboratory.
1919 - 22 Lecturer in Mathematics, Manchester University.
M.Sc. Manchester.
1922 - 25 Senior 1851 Exhibitioner, Trinity College, Cambridge.
1924 Ph.D.Cantab.
1925 Reader in Mathematical Physics, Bristol University.
Married.
1927 - 32 Professor of Theoretical Physics, Bristol.
1929 Rockefeller Fellow, University of Göttingen.
1930 - 32 Dean of Faculty of Science, Bristol.
1932 - 53 Plummer Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Cambridge.
1932 - 54 Professorial Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
1933 Fellow of the Royal Society
1939 Key Scientist, Ministry of Supply (Mathematics Laboratory)
1940 - 45 Chief Superintendant of Armament Research, Ministry of Supply
1945 - 46 Chief Scientific Officer and Director General of Scientific Research, Ministry of Supply
1946 - 53 Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council, Ministry of Supply
1946 K.B.E.; Sc.D. Cantab.
1947 - 54 Service on Research Panel, National Gallery
1948 & 49 President of Faraday Society
1952 Appointed Principal, University College of North Staffordshire
1954 President, Section B, British Association; Hon. D.Sc. Oxon.; Longstaff Medal, Chemical Society

Contents:
The papers cover the years 1906 - 54.
They were received from Dr. John Lennard-Jones, Sir John's son, who had already selected and arranged them in roughly chronological order for a possible biography of his father. This order has been preserved as far as possible.
Sir John's daily journals for 1942 - 46 and 1952 - 54, the former covering his service as Superintendant of Armament Research and Director General of Scientific Research, Ministry of Supply, during the Second World War, are an important feature of the collection, and are listed separately (Items 22 - 29).
Very little scientific work remained (see Items 20,85), though some of the lectures and correspondence deal with scientific subjects.
Items 86 - 89 contain, in sealed envelopes, the private letters of Sir John Lennard-Jones to his wife for the years 1923 - 51.



Biographical  CSAC.2.73/I  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/1  c 1955

Contents:
Memoir, by Sir Nevill Mott. (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 1, November 1955. Typescript list of published scientific papers and manuscript list of lecture notes, as received in collection.

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/2  1906 - 12

Contents:
School reports; letter from St. John's College, Cambridge

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/3  1915

Contents:
Royal Flying Corps

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/4  1912 - 1

Contents:
University of Manchester, correspondence with Horace Lamb

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/5  1922 - 25

Contents:
University of Cambridge: correspondence with Horace Lamb and with Royal Commission for 1851 Exhibition re Lennard-Jones's work during tenure of Senior Studentship

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/6  1937 - 38

Contents:
Report on computing at University of Cambridge

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/7  1946 - 48; 1951

Contents:
Notes and correspondence re establishment of new college at Cambridge; application for grant

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/8  1939

Contents:
Ministry of Supply: photograph, curricula vitae in Lennard-Jones's hand, newspaper clipping re appointment to Advisory Council

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/9  1952 - 54

Contents:
University College of North Staffordshire: Inaugural Address, newspaper clippings, drafts for two articles re University, article published in Cambridge Review, 7 March 1953

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/10  1954

Contents:
Obituaries

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/11  1932 - 53

Contents:
Miscellaneous Honours:
1932 Fellow, American Physical Society
1933 Fellow of the Royal Society
1946 K.B.E.
1947 American Medal of Freedom, Bronze Palm
1953 Hopkins Prize, Cambridge Philosophical Society
1953 Coronation Commemoration Medal

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/I/12  1953

Contents:
The Davy Medal, Royal Society

[no title or date]  CSAC.2.73/I/13

Contents:
Miscellaneous photographs of Sir John Lennard-Jones, colleagues and departments.

Scientific and personal correspondence  CSAC.2.73/II  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/II/14  1922 - 24

Contents:
Correspondence (scientific and personal)

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/II/15  1925

Contents:
Correspondence (scientific and personal)

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/II/16  1925 - 53

Contents:
Correspondence (scientific and personal)

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/II/17  1951 - 52

Contents:
Correspondence relating to Dr. P.R. Manning

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/II/18  1953 - 54

Contents:
Correspondence relating to Dr. P.R. Manning

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/II/19  1953 - 54

Contents:
Correspondence relating to University College of North Staffordshire

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/II/20  1925

Contents:
'Some theoretical calculation of certain crystal potential constants and on the cubic crystal of least potential energy,' (with A.E. Ingham), Proc. Roy. Soc. A, 107, 636. Proof with corrections

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/II/21  1953 - 54

Contents:
Correspondence with A.C. Hurley and others relating to papers by Hurley for Proc. Roy. Soc.

Personal daily journals  CSAC.2.73/III  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/III/22  1952 - 53

Contents:
Cambridge (11 November 1952 - 13 April 1953)
Numbered 1 - 3 by Lennard-Jones

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/III/23  1953 - 54

Contents:
Keele (14 April 1953 - 15 April 1954)
Numbered 1 - 18 by Lennard-Jones

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/III/24  1942 - 43

Contents:
17 September 1942 - 31 October 1943
Numbered 1 - 20 by Lennard-Jones

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/III/25  1943 - 44

Contents:
1 November 1943 - 27 September 1944
Numbered 21 - 35 by Lennard-Jones

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/III/26  1944 - 46

Contents:
28 September 1944 - 20 March 1946
Numbered 36 - 61 by Lennard-Jones

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/III/27  1946 - 53

Contents:
21 March 1946 - 26 March 1953
Numbered 62 - 80 by Lennard-Jones

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/III/28  1950

Contents:
Visit to Germany 14 - 23 July 1950

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/III/29  1942

Contents:
'Progress of Work' 2 April - 26 September 1942

Lectures, sermons and addresses  CSAC.2.73/IV  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/30  1921

Contents:
'The Nonconformist Conscience,' Leigh Baptist, 13 July

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/31  1922

Contents:
'The Religion of Healthy Mindedness,' sermon preached at Leigh Baptist Church, 24 December

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/32  1925

Contents:
'Some Application of Crystal Measurements,' Manchester, 20 February

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/33  1927

Contents:
'Forecasting the Weather'

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/34  1928

Contents:
'Concerning the Nature of Things,' Tyndale Literary Society, 27 February

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/35  1929

Contents:
'Theories of Light and Theories of Matter,' Mathematical Association, Bristol, 1 February

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/36  1930

Contents:
'Flight,' Bristol Scientific Club, 1 March

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/37  1930

Contents:
Chemical Dinner, Bristol University, 5 December

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/38  1935

Contents:
'Modern Theories of Atomic Structure,' Quintic Club, Adams Society, Cambridge, 14 February

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/39  1938

Contents:
'The Organisation of Scientific Workers in Peace and War,' Association of Scientific Workers, 2 November

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/40  1942

Contents:
'Chemical Equilibria at very high pressures,' 19 May

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/41  1945

Contents:
'The Organisation of Armament Research,' A.R.D. Memorandum

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/42  1945

Contents:
Address to the Staff, A.R.D.; Farewell Message to the Staff A.R.D., 28 August

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/43  1945

Contents:
'Co-operation in Defence Science'

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/44  1946

Contents:
'Evidence to Lord President's Committee on Scientific Manpower,' 21 May

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/45  1946

Contents:
'The Chemist in Government Service,' Chemical Society, Cambridge, 12 November. Includes documents.

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/46  1947

Contents:
'Some War-time Experiences,' Chemical Society, Cambridge, 12 March. Includes documents.

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/47  no date

Contents:
'The new place of Science in Higher Education'

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/48  no date

Contents:
'The new place of Science in the Universities,' The Barlow Report.

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/49  no date

Contents:
'University Courses for Scientists'

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/50  no date

Contents:
'The Scientist and the State,' script of broadcast talk with Ms corrections.

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/51  1947

Contents:
'The Place of the Universities in the Community,' British Association discussion, 10 May

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/52  1947

Contents:
'The Scientist and the State,' Dundee Rotary Club, 28 August

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/53  1949

Contents:
Cambridge Graduate Science Club, 28 May

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/54  1949

Contents:
'The Education of the Man of Science,' and related documents

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/55  1950

Contents:
Faraday Society meeting, Liverpool University, 12 April

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/56  1950

Contents:
Cambridge Graduate Science Club, 27 May

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/57  1950

Contents:
Faraday Society Dinner, Trinity College, Cambridge, 25 Sept.

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/58  1950

Contents:
Corpus Dinner, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 5 December

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/59  1952

Contents:
Faraday Society Dinner, Trinity College, Cambridge, 6 August

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/60  no date

Contents:
'University Education Today,' Keele

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/61  1953

Contents:
Inaugural Address, Principal, Keele University. Notes and published address, and ceremony of inauguration.

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/62  1953

Contents:
G.A.C. Dinner, Keele, 28 May

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/63  1953

Contents:
Lecturers Association, Keele, 9 June

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/64  1953

Contents:
Speech on visit of Staffordshire County Council, 11 June

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/65  1953

Contents:
Speech at opening of Bradwell County Primary School, 25 June

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/66  1953

Contents:
Address at end of term service, 28 June, Keele

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/67  1953

Contents:
Address to freshmen, Keele, 5 October

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/68  1953

Contents:
Introductory lecture, Foundation Year Course, Keele, 8 Oct.

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/69  1953

Contents:
Staffordshire Society, 22 October

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/70  1953

Contents:
Pottery Federation, 29 October, Stoke

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/71  1953

Contents:
Presentation to Dr. Jenkins, Keele, 31 October

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/72  1953

Contents:
Introduction to lecture by Mr. Brimble, Editor of 'Nature,' Keele, 13 November

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/73  1953

Contents:
10th Anniversary dinner, Armaments Research Establishment, Fort Halstead, Riverhead, 11 December

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/74  1954

Contents:
Speech of welcome, Conference of British Geographers, Keele, 2 January

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/75  1954

Contents:
North Staffordshire Caledonian Society, Anniversary dinner, Keele, 25 January

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/76  1954

Contents:
Introduction to Morning Service, 'broadcast from University College, Keele, 31 January

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/77  1954

Contents:
Speech at dinner, Harwood Hall, Keele, 5 March

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/78  1954

Contents:
Speech at dinner, Senior Common Room, Keele, 22 March

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/79  1954

Contents:
Speeches of welcome, Conference of Directors of Education, Keele, 23 - 24 March

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/80  1954

Contents:
Speech of welcome, visit of headmasters and headmistresses, Keele, 26 March

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/81  1954

Contents:
Speech at degree day, Keele, 18 April

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/82  1954

Contents:
Speech to members of Staffordshire Society, Keele, 8 May

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/83  1954

Contents:
Speech at Commemoration, Keele, 30 June

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/84  1954

Contents:
Sermon for new academic year, Keele, October

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/IV/85  1938 - 52

Contents:
Lecture notes, Theoretical Chemistry, Cambridge (see note on file cover)

Private Correspondence  CSAC.2.73/V  [n.d.]

Conditions of access: To be consulted only with the written permission of Sir John's family; (see note in general description of the collection)

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/V/86  1923

Contents:
Private Correspondence

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/V/87  1924 - 25

Contents:
Private Correspondence

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/V/88  1927 - 39

Contents:
Private Correspondence

[no title]  CSAC.2.73/V/89  1940 - 51

Contents:
Private Correspondence

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